Source: FotK – just after you know when... as he buckles those vambrace on...?
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s world, Tolkien’s words – Kortirion just plays with the syntax.
Aragorn considered – he had always been an orphan in the storm, sheltered, hidden from the worst of the deluge, but questioning if he would be able to brave the onslaught - whether he’d be the one to reign over the reunited kingdoms? Whether he’d shine sufficiently for Lord Elrond to grant him his daughter’s hand? Or would the coming tempest from the east wash away all hope – forever?
The death of the Steward’s son had been a lightning-bolt from the blue. He could no longer be a victim of the whether, that must change – this son of Gondor would arise!